Simon Pegg opens up about his struggle with alcoholism, and recovery: ‘It was just terrible’

Simon Pegg recently revealed on his previous battle with alcoholism and depression.


Simon Pegg, the man behind a number of nerd-culture of the best projects of the past two decades, recently opened up about his struggle with depression, alcoholism, and rehabilitation.

Speaking in a long interview with The Guardian, the “Star Trek” actor, 48, revealed that he underwent a long and difficult battle with depression, a serious drinking problem. He said that his problems started when he was 18, but started to become a real problem in 2005. The star says things hit a breaking point while he was shooting in 2006, the blockbuster “Mission Impossible III.”

“When I look at that film back, I can see where I was then, which is quite lost, and unhappy, and an alcoholic,” he said, noting that he marks that as the beginning of his “crisis years.”

However, despite the loss of the control over his drinking, the star says that his skills as an actor allowed him to hide his behavior from not only the public, but close friends and family.

“One thing [addiction] makes you smart in not giving away anything. People think junkies and alcoholics are sloppy, unmotivated people. They are not – they are incredibly organized. They nip across for a quick shot of whiskey and you would not know that they are gone. It is as if … you are micro-managed”, he said. “But ultimately, the signs are too obvious. You have taken the dog for one too many walks.”

Pegg hope that the birth of his daughter, Matilda, would make his life right. Unfortunately, he was surprised to see that it had little effect.

“Because it can’t. Nothing can, other than a special approach, or that the therapy or medication, or whatever,” he said.

It was not until he disappeared for four days during the Comic-Con, while promoting the 2011 movie “Paul” that he went into rehab, which he says ultimately saved his life. The timing also coincided with the filming of ‘Mission Impossible III’ follow-up, “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.”

“We always laugh when we watch the movie. Try it! You’ll be like: ‘F – – -,, he has cheekbones suddenly!'”

The star also revealed that the much effort he went to to his addiction and recovery from the media. He admits to going as far as obtaining a court order to stop stories about his recovery from getting out, after reporters allegedly called the place he was to do the treatment as if they were his mother.

“I’m not embarrassed about what had happened. And I think that if someone finds that in a relationship, then it might motivate to be better. But I’m not proud of it – I don’t think it’s cool, like I was Mr Rock ‘ n ‘ roll, black out and all that s—. It was not, it was just terrible.”

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